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Superintendent George Russell created a coal-fired steam turbine generating station that not only supplied electricity to both cotton mills, but to the entire village of Franklinville. Coal was brought in on the railroad and fed into two huge boilers. This powered a Westinghouse steam turbine to generate electricity.
The expense of the installation, completed incaused a reduction of stock dividends which let to the shareholder revolt in that sold the company to David and John Clark, founders of Randolph Mills, Inc. By the local coal-fired power house was made obsolete by the availability of power transmitted to Franklinville through the Carolina Power and Light distribution system. The costs of purchasing power was much cheaper than generating steam and electricity locally, and the power house was closed. The chimney was demolished in The concrete storage silos of the former roller mill are to the left.
Visitors can access the trails from the footbridge at the west end of Riverside Park. While walking or hiking, enjoy the wonder of nature that will surround you. A picnic area, located near the river, is perfect for a relaxing lunch with family and friends. From the top of Faith Rock, visitors can see for miles around. The beauty of the area gives amateur and professional photographers the opportunity to capture some amazing photos, so bring your camera along.
Faith Rock is open from dawn to dusk every day of the year.
The Town of Franklinville is fortunate to have this beautiful and historic spot in our community and we would love to share it with you. While taking a wagon of produce to trade for salt at the Pedee River market on May 2,local resident Andrew Hunter was captured by the notorious Tory guerrilla leader David Fanning. Facing immediate execution, Hunter made a desperate escape. Hunter and ride out to the British evacuation of Charleston, South Carolina.
But Fanning risked a final return to Randolph on September 5,solely in an attempt to recover his mare. The incident at Faith Rock must have occurred at this time. He then turned Meet local singles Franklinville North Carolina course up the river, but they were there ready to receive him. The only alternative was to surrender, which would be certain and instant death, or to make a desperate plunge down a precipice, some fifty feet high into the river.
He chose the latter… It was such a daring adventure that his pursuers… stopped short, in a kind of amazement, and contented themselves with firing two or three pistols after him. As there was no level ground at the bottom of the descent, he plunged right into the river… sometimes swimming and sometimes floundering over rocks, until he found a place where he got out on the north side and made his escape. Fanning left the country in frustration on September 22, neither recovering his horse nor gaining revenge.
The truth of that, as well as the likelihood that any horse and rider could jump off a degree slope into a river normally as shallow as Deep River, must be left to the opinion of visitors. Several generations of Eagle Scouts have established and maintained a rough trail from the Andrew Hunter footbridge in Franklinville, up to the top of the rock.
On August 14,Elisha Coffin deeded a 1.
The Coffins and the Horneys were major stockholders in the factory. James Murray Anthony Drake ca. At the Annual Conference in the fall of Franklinville was placed on the Randolph Circuit, which included all Methodist Churches in the county, and Rev. Brame was appointed Preacher in Charge. The original church building was frame, approximately thirty by fifty feet in plan, with twin front doors and a gable steep enough to include a gallery facing the pulpit.
Only two pictures of the building are known, one of the south side taken from across the river, and one of the north side taken as the building was demolished in All that is known about the interior is that, after the rush to ready the building for Quarterly Conference it was evidently left partially unfinished for years afterwards.
But at some point during the first ten years of the church, the District was reorganized and Franklinsville became the head of its own Circuit, encompassing more than twenty individual churches in eastern Randolph, western Chatham, and southern Alamance counties. Washington Sandford Chaffin was the Preacher in Charge for Franklinsville Methodist Church was five years old before a cemetary became necessary. The oldest known burial is that of William Arnoldjust east of the brick cemetary.
Horney, Benjamin F. Coffin, John M. Geography Modern Franklinville is made up of two initially independent mill villages, Franklinsville and Island Ford, separated by about three-quarters of a mile of Deep River. The developed area of the village was defined by Deep River on the south and southwest; Walnut Creek running into the river from northwest to southeast; and Bush Creek on the west trending down into the river.
The community perched on the terraced slopes of the hill embraced by these watercourses, and was accessible without crossing water only along the narrow northwest ridge of land between Bush and Walnut Creeks. On the lowest level, just above the floodplain of the river, were the mills which provided the economic backbone of the village, together with their ancillary warehouses, storehouses, and barns.
On a level about five feet above the mill, the company store and company boarding house were located to the north; to the south and across the mill race were the homes of the miller and company president. North of the store on a terrace about fifteen feet higher was the Cotton Row, housing built by the mill for the workers.
At least six and perhaps more of these houses were built as part of the initial mill construction inall of a similar size and plan. About ten feet higher still, and trending northwest up the hillside, were located the larger homes of tradesmen, craftspeople and professional men such as Doctor Phillip Horney. The lots higher up the hill had been sold privately to friends and family members by Elisha Coffin, promoter of the factory and owner of all Meet local singles Franklinville North Carolina acreage around the mill.
Lots for public institutions such as the school, meeting house, cemetery and town hall were located near the top of the river-front arm of the hill, with stores fronting the road leading north toward Greensboro. Housing Settlers began to arrive in the eastern half of what would become Randolph County in the late s, and were entering applications for land grants soon thereafter.
A community began to grow up along the stretch of Deep River between Bush and Sandy Creeks by the early s. The first known settlers were Solomon Allred on Sandy Creek and William Allred on Bush Creek, with a blacksmith named Hercules Ogle on the south side of the river between them. By Skeen was dead and his mill was in disuse; it was sold to three other millers over the next 8 years, until completely rebuilt by Christian Morris Moretz in The recorded history of the community certainly dates to the construction of that Morris grist mill, and a dwelling located on a hill southwest of the grist mill probably dated to this early period.
It was torn down in the s when the hill in that area was leveled for roller mill parking. Morris and the other millers undoubtedly lived close to the mill itself, but other settlers began moving up the hill, safely out of the range of flooding. The earliest domestic survival from this early period is the Cornelius Julian House, said to be dated on an inscribed foundation beam. During this earliest period the Julian House undoubtedly had the aspect of a self-sufficient farm house, with detached kitchen, smokehouse, stable, barn and other ancillary buildings, together with extensive gardens and pastures.
In the s it was evidently being used as a tavern or inn along the Raleigh-Salisbury stage road through the village. Those houses were 2 rooms downstairs, with a loft on the second half story. Early census records indicate that there were as many as Meet local singles Franklinville North Carolina to ten people living in each of these houses, not only entire families, but including various boarders.
This goes to show the changes that have occurred in American society over the past years regarding personal space. People at that time had fewer personal possessions and thought nothing of sharing beds with other family members and even strangers, when necessary. This is similar to the communal living and sleeping arrangements exhibited by modern-day third-world countries and migrant workers. The larger two-story houses passed during the early settlement period of the mill village were predominately built by craftspeople.
The blacksmiths, tinsmiths, potters, cabinetmakers, coopers, wheelwrights, wagon-makers, and other tradesmen listed in census records as working in the village would have engaged in their commercial activities in small shops ading their homes. But even the owners of these more middle-class residents took in boarders, just as did the millworkers down the hill, to make financial ends meet. Service Buildings While it is not clear whether these Cotton Row houses had individual detached kitchens, each one would certainly have had a collection of several small outbuildings necessary for food storage and personal hygiene.
Most importantly, every home had its individual outhouse.
The usual practice on farms and rural lots was to move the location of the outhouse every few years so as to prevent the saturation of the drainage capacity of one particular spot. However, on small lots in urban situations such as Franklinville, the outhouses was instead periodically cleaned out by hired labor. In Franklinville at this period, this job was done by a black man, who on a contract basis would clean out the cesspit and cart away the wastes.
Another common outbuilding was the smokehouse, where preserved meats would be cured and stored pending use by the family. Water pumps were evidently a communal feature shared by several houses, as Meet local singles Franklinville North Carolina stables and cow sheds. However, every house had its own garden plot, which probably included mixed plantings Meet local singles Franklinville North Carolina vegetables and flowers.
Swept yards have been recognized in the 20 th century as characteristic of African-American houses, but this is a holdover from earlier standards features of both white and black householders. Wealthier residents could afford horses, mules, wagons or carriages; later on in the period, similar individuals would purchase automobiles.
But by and large people walked everywhere, to work, to the store, to church, to school, and walked these routes several times each day. According to interviews with residents, there was a network of footpaths all over town, connecting each neighborhood to important institutions such as the mills, stores, schools and churches. Records indicate that these paths were sometimes publicly graded and maintained with gravel and fill dirt in the same manner as were public streets. But by and large these paths were those recognized as both necessary and convenient by the community, using consensual pedestrian rights-of-way across common lands owned by the mill and private landowners.
Although at the time under consideration there may have been as much or more privately owned property as mill owned property, a backlash of public disapproval would have greeted any attempt by a private owner to close access to one of these paths. Margaret Williams describes a complex network of alleyways going through the backyards of houses between Depot and Rose streets, alleys which everyone used for all purposes.
Her description is reminiscent of the public access points and paths which connect local streets to public beaches in coastal communities. One element which is almost completely missing from the present-day landscape are the fences which separated each domestic unit and its garden from its neighbor. As opposed to modern fencing, normally erected to keep something—children, dogs, pets, whatever, inside an enclosed area; earlier fencing was erected to keep wandering livestock and wildlife OUT of the enclosed area. This reversal of the function of enclosure began in the s, when stock law elections allowed each county township to decide whether animals should continue to wander freely between unfenced tracts.
When voters passed a stock law election, owners were required to fence in their pastures and maintain their own livestock. Gates erected where public ro crossed township borders, and the entire township was fenced to prevent strays from wandering into the stock law area. Franklinville township passed such an election around Transportation In mill villages in general and in Franklinville in particular, the pattern of private ownership of property subject to its communal use and enjoyment continued untilwhen the mill corporation sold the last mill houses and large undeveloped tracts between streets and around the villages into private ownership.
The network of footpaths through the village needed to walk to work, crossing creeks and hollows on bridges and footlogs, running from street to street without regard to ownership, survived as long as the mills ran their regular schedule. Such communal road maintenance survived until the s, when the county commissioners began to subcontract road maintenance and construction.
The system of county maintenance survived until the Depression of the s, when the State of North Carolina took over maintenance of all county ro. Bridges have been an absolute requirement of the Franklinville community since its beginning. The longer double-span Franklinsville bridge was contracted to Thomas Rice, a county justice and builder.
Some of these watercourses retain bridges; others have been channeled into concrete pipes and culverts. Madison N. Brower of Buie Lane in Frankinville was frequently hired by the county during the late 19 th century to de, build or repair bridges, both covered and otherwise. In the Virginia Iron and Bridge Company of Roanoke received a contract to build a three-span iron bridge across the river at Island Ford. The bridge was a gift to the citizens of FV by mill owner Hugh Parks.Meet local singles Franklinville North Carolina
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